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THE GARDEN OF ABDUL GASAZI, the imaginative Van Allsburg tale of a boy, a dog, a duck, and a nasty old magician....

Title : The Garden of Abdul Gasazi
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ISBN : 9780395278048
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
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The Garden of Abdul Gasazi Reviews

  • Monique
    2019-03-17 10:44

    Miss Hester asks young Alan Mitz to spend the afternoon with her naughty dog Fritz. After Alan defends the parlor furniture and pillows from Fritz's love of chewing and has a nap, Alan takes Fritz for his afternoon walk. Fritz leads the way and they come upon a wall with an open doorway. A sign warns that the garden belongs to a retire magician and reads "absolutely, positively no dogs allowed." Fritz can't read and takes off into the garden beyond. Alan follows frantically and chases the dog further and further until he finally reaches a large house which belongs to the retired magician Gasazi. Bravely, Alan knocks on the door and tells Mr. Gasazi the truth. Mr. Gasazi agrees that he has Fritz and takes Alan out to the garden. But poor Alan- Mr. Gasazi the magician seems to have turned Fritz into a duck. What will Alan tell Miss Hester?Van Allsburg creates a lush, beautiful and mysterious world full of flowers and patterns, shadows and light. It's even more impressive because all of the illustrations are in black and white. The garden of Gasazi seems to go on and on and the house is overwhelming and eerie. The feeling of unease is pervasive despite the abundance of flowers. The repetitive patterns bring continuity to the story and children can imagine themselves running along the paths and over the bridges. I was a bit disconcerted by the text appearing strictly on the left and the pictures on the right. It may be good for reading to young children. They can explore the pictures while the story is being read. It was more fun to ignore the text and just focus on the illustrations to tell the story. Ages 5-10

  • Amanda Pershke
    2019-03-13 11:01

    This is a fantasy story that I think could be used as a read- aloud for any elementary school classroom and grade level. It brings the question up of if the readers believe in magic, and even gives them the chance to decide for themselves what the ending of the story means. I would use this in my classroom to have a discussion on what my students took from the ending of the story and have them provide evidence on why they think so. This encourages them to participate in a discussion where they have to use context clues and pay attention to details throughout the story so that they can back up their arguments. This was a 'wow' book for me because of the many things that can be done with this story and it's flexible ending. It encourages student creativity and I think students of all age would enjoy the fun story line and characters.

  • Ronyell
    2019-03-16 12:56

    “The Garden of Abdul Gasazi” is a Caldecott Honor Book from the legendary mind of Chris Van Allsburg and it is about how a young boy named Alan tries to rescue Miss Hester’s dog, Fritz from the great magician Abdul Gasazi when Fritz accidentally runs off into the forbidden garden of Abdul Gasazi. “The Garden of Abdul Gasazi” is a true masterpiece full of mystery and magic that children will enjoy for many years.Chris Van Allsburg has done a great job at both illustrating and writing this book that is full of mystery and magic. Chris Van Allsburg’s illustrations are beautiful and haunting at the same time as the illustrations are in black and white and Abdul Gasazi’s garden is both surreal and beautiful as it is extremely large to the point where Alan spends about six pages inside the garden and the plants in the garden look extremely realistic which brings out the beauty in Abdul’s garden. However, the image that truly stood out in the book was the image of Abdul Gasazi’s mansion which is located on top of a hill in the middle of his garden and is surrounded by various bushes and trees giving the mansion an elegant look. Chris Van Allsburg does a great job at making the book extremely dramatic and intense at the same time as most of the book is spent with Alan trying to look for Fritz and encountering the mysterious Abdul Gasazi. Children will be dazzled with the mysterious mood of the story as the audience tries to figure out what Abdul Gasazi does to dogs who come to his garden.“The Garden of Abdul Gasazi” is a wonderful and surreal book about testing the limits of believing in magic and the importance of true determination as Alan braves his way through the garden to rescue Fritz. I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since smaller children might be frighten by the magician Abdul Gasazi.

  • Christopher Seideman
    2019-03-24 11:06

    What would you do if you lost a dog in a magician’s garden during his afternoon walk? What’s even worse, it’s the garden of the great Abdul Gasazi and he hates dogs! Chris Van Allsburg’s first picture book takes the reader through a day dogsitting with the young Alan Mitz. During what should’ve been a casual stroll with a slightly bad-mannered bull terrier named Fritz (there was a reason he was asked to be left home after all! Poor Eunice!), the dog breaks loose, running off into the retired magician’s garden where there’s “absolutely, positively no dogs allowed”. What happens next is interestingly enough, quite ordinary.It’s one of Chris Van Allsburg’s token skills, presented for the first time; the ability to weave a tight narrative and beautiful illustrations around a fantastical story that’s grounded in realism. While one might expect the journey through a magician’s garden would be full of surreal images, imaginary creatures, and elaborate designs, it’s instead full of Victorian style structures and douglas firs. Full page pointillism drawings made with nothing but a charcoal pencil showcase Allsburg’s training in sculpting through elaborate 3D landscapes and structures, as well as realistic shadows. The use of perspective as well as the amount of detail he puts into the characters and their backdrops adds personality and a liveliness to the images, making it easy to get lost in the world he’s created.It’s a breathtaking book, and definitely worth the read. Plus, as an added bonus, there are ducks!

  • Ch13_julie
    2019-03-06 10:53

    Do you believe in magic? "The Garden of Abdul Gasazi" draws upon that very question when a boy is asked to dog sit for a neighbor's naughty dog named, Fritz. Fritz takes the boy on an adventure to a beautiful garden that specifically states, "ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY NO DOGS ALLOWED IN THIS GARDEN". Naturally, Fritz enters the garden and goes running. Van Allsburg, the author and illustrator, takes readers on an adventure to figure out what happens to Fritz and readers will be left wondering whether magic really does exist. The themes of this book include responsibility, adventure, and magic. The black and white illustrations are breathtaking and will stay with you long after you read the book. Each page is filled with incredible detail and beautiful, yet spooky drawings that enhance each page of text. I would recommend this book for students in grades 1-4. This book could be used for many purposes. It would be a great book to use for discussions or reader response writing activities in the classroom. It is also a perfect book to read just for fun. It is mysterious and will leave the reader wondering about the possibilities of magic. This book could encourage some powerful and imaginative writing for students. Students might also want to read this book as part of an author study. They could compare and contrast some of Van Allsburg's other books.

  • Barbara
    2019-03-21 15:52

    Although I like the idea of blurring the line between fantasy and reality as the author/illustrator has done in this imaginative picture book, the perspective of the illustrations seemed just a tad off to me. In some of the pictures, Miss Hester just seems to have an oddly proportioned body, which bothered me. Alan Mitz agrees to take care of her feisty dog, Fritz, while she's visiting a relative. All goes well until they take a walk outside, and Fritz goes where he should not go, onto the property of a retired magician who turns him into a duck. When the duck flies off with Alan's hat, he knows he'll have to tell Miss Hester what happened and that her dog has flown away. There's a surprise waiting for Alan when he arrives at her house, though. Discussing what really happened in the story and how closely what's real and what's imagined are would be engaging for many young readers. In an author/illustrator study, students will enjoy spotting some of the illustrator's favorite images and identifying themes he enjoys exploring in his books.

  • Mayra Martinez
    2019-03-23 11:41

    In this book there is a boy that is asked to take care of a dog, but when he takes him for a walk the dog escapes into this place where dogs are not allowed. He tries to run after him but loses him. After searching for the dog with no result he goes to the house of the owner, he is a retired magician. He tells the magician what happened and if he could give him back the dog. He is surprised that the magician takes him to some ducks and tells him he turned the dog into a duck. The duck escaped from the boy and he couldn’t find him. He left to tell the owner of the dog what had happened but when he got there he was surprised that the dog was back to normal and in his house, it seemed like the magic had worn off.

  • Beverly
    2019-02-24 15:57

    Wonderful black and white pencil illustrations and a fascinating story about strange happenings next door. I loved how detailed Van Allsburg was able to make his illustrations, and how realistic. One interesting point--the book jacket shows Alan chasing Fritz down a path next to which are some fantastical topiary bushes. But when I checked Gasazi's garden inside the book, I found no topiary anywhere. (view spoiler)[ The ending is left somewhat open-ended--did Gasazi actually turn Fritz into a duck, or was he simply playing with Alan when he claimed to? But a duck grabbed Alan's hat and flew off, and a couple of pages later, Fritz has the hat. (hide spoiler)]

  • Jenny
    2019-03-05 17:39

    I love the illustrations...I've always been a fan of Van Allsburg's detailed black and white illustrations. I love the naughty dog and the faithful dog watcher who tries so hard to take good care of the naughty dog and to rescue him from the magician Abdul Gasazi. I love that the book leaves you wondering...was Gasazi a magician or was the boy tricked? I also love the illustrations of the garden...what an amazing and beautiful garden!

  • Courtney Barter
    2019-03-07 12:00

    I have never been so impressed with an illustrator as I am Chris Van Allsburg. How he draws these pictures is beyond me. The Garden of Abdul Gasazi has amazing illustrations that really help you feel like you are actually experiencing the things that are happening in real life. His pictures are so realistic even if they are drawn in pencil. Illustrator Project Book #4

  • Beverly J.
    2019-02-27 14:58

    There was a very, very cute twist on the final page, but all in all, a bit of a disappointment. Even the illustrations were only meh.

  • Elise
    2019-02-26 18:45

    The Garden of Abdul Gasazi is a mysterious picture book, with beautiful illustrations. The story starts off with little Alan, who cannot be more than about ten years old, dog sitting for Miss Hester. The dog, Fritz, is a bit of a trouble maker and cannot be taken along on Miss Hester’s trip. All morning Alan works hard to keep Fritz out of trouble, until the two of them pass out of exhaustion for a mid day nap. Fritz wakes Alan up, prompting Alan to take him on his afternoon walk. As dog and boy are walking, they come to the garden of magician Abdul Gasazi, which has a sign that clearly states that there are absolutely no dogs allowed in the garden. Alan tries to steer Fritz away from the garden, but he somehow breaks free from his leash, and goes dashing in. Alan follows, where he searches in vain for the dog. Finally, Alan comes across Mr. Gasazi himself, who is ominous and creepy. The magician tells Alan that he turned Fritz into a duck, and points out which duck he is, out of a group of them. Fritz, even in duck form, is still a trouble maker, nipping at Alan as he picks him up. Alan decides to take Fritz the duck back home, but suddenly the duck flies off, with Alan’s hat. Now Alan must face Miss Hester, without Fritz. The main character, Alan, seems to be a respectable little boy who does what he is told. He takes Fritz on a walk like he is told, and tries to avoid the garden when he sees the sign. Alan and Fritz can be seen as foil characters, because Fritz’s careless and mischievous actions highlight Alan’s nervous personality and attention to directions. I remember first reading this book as a small child, and being terrified by it. The book was mysterious, Mr. Gasazi was creepy and evil, poor Fritz was magically spelled into duck form, and the garden was a looming labyrinth of unpredictability. Reading the book now as an adult, I do not feel scared by the book, but I can still pick up on elements that would probably be unsettling to younger readers. Overall though, I was charmed by the book, as I love a good mystery. The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous, done in pencil. In my opinion, the story is wonderful and bone-chilling, but the drawings are fantastic and really do set the book apart. A literary element that adds meaning to the story is suspense. Suspense and foreshadowing drive the whole story. Even young readers can tell on the first page that something bad is going to happen, because of the title, and because of the situation that is being presented, a woman leaving a little boy in charge for the day. The suspense grabs the reader from the first page. During the middle of the story, every page seems to have a cliffhanger. Alan searches for Fritz, and oh, he must be just around this corner. Readers wonder what Mr. Gasazi did with Fritz, and keep reading frantically, especially when Fritz the duck flies off. At last the reader feels as if the story is resolved, only to be left with an open ending. The values and contrasts in the illustrations also add meaning to the story. The pictures are done in black and white, although there are many shades of grey. The values and gradations that the illustrator achieves are absolutely amazing. This can be a symbol that things in life are not always, black and white, but there may be plenty of grey area. There may be unanswered questions and open endings to situations. The contrasts of the dark garden and the white dog, and the dark house and white steps catch the readers eye and make the story come to life.

  • KidsBooksWorthReading
    2019-03-12 15:07

    Chris Van Allsburg the writer and illustrator of this Caldecott honor book has become a family favorite for his mysterious and fantastical stories and illustrations. His more famous works are Jumanji and The Polar Express. (Both made famous by their movies. The books are about twenty pages long, but they are filled with such magic and imagination they were enough to fill a whole movie!) The Garden of Abdul Gasazi is about a boy taking care of his neighbor's naughty dog for the day and the dog runs away to a private garden of retired magician and some interesting events come to pass. Check out his book versions of Jumanji and The Polar Express too! I was surprised by their simplicity! I'll probably feature some of his other books too. They are some of our favs. #kidsbooksworthreading #kidsbooks #kidsbook #kidsbookstagram #childrensbooks #childrensliterature #kidlit #chrisvanallsburg #jumanji #thepolarexpress #caldecott

  • Amy Layton
    2019-03-15 12:01

    I'm finally breaking into the children's lit world of Chris Van Allsburg...and it's bizarre and wonderful all at once.  My first question for Van Allsburg would be: how do you draw like that???  How???  I mean, practice makes perfect, but that realism and the detail!!!  Honestly, it's incredible.  Anyways.  This picturebook has just the right amount of the fantastic and the bizarre, and I am HERE for it.  Besides, who can resist a book where the dog gets the main character into some zany adventures and doesn't die at the end??  A+.Review cross-listed here!

  • Jana
    2019-03-01 19:07

    This Caldecott Honor book is one that I have not read until now. I really enjoyed it, as I have all of Chris Van Allsburg' books. Alan Mitz gets quite an adventure when he is asked to take care of Fritz, Miss Hester's dog. He's somewhat of a naughty animal, and runs away from Alan, into the forbidden garden of Abdul Gasazi, a retired magician. With beautiful black and white drawings, this story has Alan and readers wondering what really happened. I'm sure this could be used to start some wonderful discussions with young readers.

  • Kristin Fisher
    2019-03-10 15:54

    In this story, a young boy is in charge of watching a lady's dog, Fritz. Fritz runs ahead of the boy and the boy comes to a clearing of the garden and house of Gasazi, a magician. The magician tells the young boy, Alan, that the dog had been turned into a duck. In the story, Alan has a hard time distinguishing reality from magic, which adds some needed humor to the story. Though the illustrations are black and white, they are still amazing and do a wonderful job of telling the story on their own.

  • Jennifer Strong
    2019-02-22 10:53

    This Caldecott honor book is a mysterious adventure with plenty of suspense. It adequately captures childhood wonder in the fantastic illustrations.•Alan has been hired to dog sit for the day. When he takes the dog for a walk, the dog snaps his collar and runs into the garden of Abdul Gasazi (which forbids any dog from entering). Can Alan get the dog home unscathed?

  • Hannah Stafford
    2019-02-24 18:59

    Gorgeous illustrations and unique children's story that is entertaining for all audiences. The only thing that bothered me was the cover has these beautiful, eerie topiaries and the inside jacket mentions them but there are no further illustrations or mention of them in the actual book. Even so, i loved this.

  • Allyson
    2019-03-18 13:40

    Exquisite drawings accompanied by simple text. My 4yo and 6yo both enjoyed this book. The older child discussed it at some length after reading it: was it really magic? We haven’t found the answer yet.

  • Kevin Summers
    2019-02-22 16:49

    Great illustrations and story.Sample quote: "Alan followed Gasazi into a large room. When the magician turned around Alan quickly apologized for letting Fritz into the garden. He politely asked that if Mr. Gasazi had Fritz, would he please give him back?"

  • Mayra P.
    2019-03-12 13:03

    This is a great book for those kids who like mystery and magic. Who would ever believe that a magician can turn a dog into a duck? This is what happened to Fritz when he entered Mr. Abdul Gasazi's garden.

  • Francis Thibeault
    2019-02-23 13:51

    Un auteur de talent, qui sait instaurer la juste touche de mystère dans ses albums pour continuer notre lecture jusqu'à la fin. De celui qui a réalisé Boréal-Express et Jumanji (je ne le savais pas).

  • Tim Armstrong
    2019-03-20 13:49

    This has vague overtones of Peter Rabbit, with the nasty, and to be avoided at all costs next door neighbour. But richly deserved the Caldercott Medal in the year of publication. Another fantastic Van Allsburg, and this probably established the author as one to watch. He hasn't disappointed since!!

  • Michael
    2019-03-03 11:53

    An interesting story about following the rules.

  • Eris
    2019-03-18 18:07

    Este es un cuento con unas bellas ilustraciones. No confíes que tu perro te obedezca si bien sabes que le encanta escaparse.

  • Maria Rowe
    2019-03-10 11:43

    • 1980 Caldecott Honor Book •Magical. Wonderful and amusing story, and masterful drawings by Van Allsburg as usual. Materials used: unlisted Typeface used: unlisted

  • Taylor Kundel-Gower
    2019-03-16 18:47

    Love that little bull terrier!

  • Maxym
    2019-03-23 17:53

    It is another mystery by the same author. The mystery was if the dog turned into a duck or not.

  • Seema Rao
    2019-02-27 12:44

    Really nice fable-like story of a boy, his mischevious dog, and a magician told through clear text and lovely pencil drawings.

  • DaNae
    2019-02-23 18:52

    Nice payoff in the end, but a little too long for my magic storytime.